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Tom's Interview-some deep thoughts


I figured I would put this out to everyone, as opposed to my spoilers filter, since I'm not really delving into the spoilers in this interview.  Still, I do want to put out that warning that there are some spoilers contained within, so if you are trying to stay 100% spoiler-free, its best to proceed with caution.

I do also want to say that I've felt really sickened by some of the personal attacks made on Tom over this interview.  I mean, I get it, if you don't get some of his answers, or you think he's coming out of left field on something.  I had a few of those moments too.  But the nasty personal shit?  Honestly, to those folks, that is so low class.  The continued inability to seperate an actor or actress from the characters they play, or ones disappointment with the show, and show direction, is scary crazy. 

Anyway, some of my observations on the interview, which I thought was very interesting overall.  I found Tom to be intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful with his answers.  I wish he gave more interviews.

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.You’ve added producing duties this year. How does that change your role on the show?
When I started Smallville obviously I hadn’t done much acting. My goal was to learn everything I could. And along that road I just needed to learn everything about everything and then use that to make the show better.… There’s no bitterness or dark side when I say this, but I think I’ve been contributing as a producer for more than a few years. [Welling has directed several episodes of the series.] The title is the title, nothing changes for us in production. I don’t know if much has changed as what I bring to the table, but I do know that now I have [more] access… I’ve always tried to be open and collaborative and make the show better. I guess in the end one thing that has really changed is that there’s a lot more paperwork that comes to me! Now I literally have a stack of memos like this at the end of every day


HeHeHe, my interpretation of this is that once negotiation time came around, Tom basically said that he was going to need to get paid for what he was already doing, which was helping the production go smoothly.  We're often heard people talk about what a leader he is on set, and how he sets the tone, and how he'll help to pull a scene togther when the hours are going long.  And I think this is what he's talking about here.  Taking the leadership role he already had on set, slapping a title on it and getting paid for it.  Good for him!!  Think he would ever have had this chance with AlMiles in charge?  Yeah, me neither.

How did you come to the decision to sign on for Season 9, and potentially Season 10?
Well when they brought it up, the first thing I said was, ‘What’s the story gonna be?’ And no one was really sure [at that point], and that’s why it took a little while to figure out, because I really didn’t want to engage in anything until I knew what I was gonna get myself into. So that took a lot of discussion and meetings between myself and [Warner Bros. Television president] Peter Roth and [executive producers] Kelly [Souders] and Brian [Peterson] about what next season was going to be. Once that took its form then the decision wasn’t so difficult. We have a great group, and I love everybody that’s a part of it. Their ideas made sense to me. What I don’t want to do, and what nobody ever wants for the show they’re on, is for it to dwindle out and lose its credibility. And I think this season, if anything, we’ve re-energized it.
 

So, Peter Roth, WB Tv president, was in on these meetings?  Hmmmm, now thats interesting.  Because I think its a good bet that the guy doesn't get personally involved in too many contract negotiations overall.  I hope thats an indicator that Tom got something else from WB for coming back.  Look, I'm all for him coming back to the show if he's feeling the story, and he's committed to it.  But I'm also all for Tom looking out for his future, and possibly securing some assurances that there's work beyond SV for him. 

But now where I do differ with Tom is that I'm not sure this show hasn't done a whole lot of dwindling.  Maybe this season will be great, maybe not, but the fact remains that quality over the last few seasons has dropped considerably.  And now, with the apparent budget cuts, the show has nowhere near the production values it once had. 

I hope the ideas don't only make sense to Tom.  I hope they make sense to me too.  :)


Talk about that. I gather Clark will be in a pretty dark place. What is his journey for Season 9?
Well, in the past Clark has always been the reluctant hero. Everyone is telling him what he has to do and he doesn’t want to do it. With the events of Jimmy’s death [
in May’s season finale], along with the eight seasons building up, he realizes that his view on humanity has been wrong. And he goes to Jor-El and says, ‘I messed up, what do I do now?’ Jor-El takes him in, and Clark starts his training. His training ultimately is what will prepare him to be who we all know he’s going to be in the future. So it’s him spending time at the Fortress of Solitude downloading all this information. At the same time, information is given to him that the fate of the world depends on Lois Lane’s survival. So Clark has to struggle between his destiny and his humanity. Especially in the first few episodes it gets in the way of the training, because he just can’t help but deal with humans and help people, when all Jor-El wants him to do is shut everyone off, forget about them, rise above them and be the hero he needs to be


Ugh, no here is where Tom and I part company.  All this Jor-El bullshit.  It seems Tom buys into this crap too.  And I'm not a fan of it at all. 
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So he’s lost faith in humanity?
He’s lost faith in his role with humanity. I think he’s lost faith in himself and what he thought he was supposed to do.

I do love this answer though.  I never thought Clark lost faith in humanity in general.  I think he lost faith in his own humanity, and how he was allowing it to influence his decisions.  And I've always thought that made a lot of sense after last year, where he started off the season embracing a new direction, and going along pretty well, and then it was just one body blow after another, until the disasterous conclusion of the season.  I think Clark lost faith in himself, and I think he lost faith in a lot of members of his closest, inner circle.

But really, embracing Jor-El just doesn't seem like the answer to me.

.What’s his relationship going to be with Chloe as she takes on the role of Watchtower?
That’s an interesting one, because even on set, scene by scene, we’re not sure what it is. Allison [Mack] is a tremendous actor. On set, in a very collaborative and positive way, there’s this sense of distance between Chloe and Clark. They’re both changed people. They’re not the Chloe and Clark who used to run around the Torch [in the first few seasons of the show]. They’ve both grown up and they both have better ideas about what they want to do with their lives. And they’re trying to figure out what their relationship is. But right now it’s rough seas

This is a little bit of a confusing paragraph and answer.  It does seem to hint that the Clark and Chloe relationship is ambigious, and I'm not sure how thats going to work.  I don't embrace ambiguity on this show.  I'm also not entirely sure what Tom means by "On set, in a very collaborative and positive way, there’s this sense of distance between Chloe and Clark".  .

Clark’s big enemy this season will be Zod, but he's not the Zod we met a few years ago. Who is he when we first see him this season?
He’s trying to figure out why he’s here and who these people are with him. He’s not the only Kryptonian on Earth. There’s a whole gamut of them who will be making appearances throughout the season. It could be that he’ll find himself fighting some of them. I think this season will be about Zod searching for his destiny and why he’s here. I don’t think he’s necessarily evil off the top, I just think he’s got his own agenda, which he’s trying to figure out. And I don’t think he likes being on Earth too much
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Another place Tom and I diverge.  Can we please, PLEASE, just let the bad guy be evil?  Not finding himself.  I'm so skeptical about this arc, and the 101 Kryptonians sounds even fishier. 

I understand there’s going to be a love triangle between Clark, Lois an the Red Blue Blur.
There was a [production] meeting last year that I walked in on and the conversation was about how much Clark was in love with Lois. I sat there and I said, ‘Wait a minute, Clark’s in love with Lois? When did this happen?’ I said Clark doesn’t know he has feelings for her. If he does and people see it, that’s one thing, but he doesn’t know.’ … So last year Clark wasn’t necessarily aware of these feelings. There was something, there was a reason why he found himself next to Lois. And this year, that’s what’s beginning to change, he’s starting to realize he has feelings for her. But at the same time, to protect her life he feels as though he has hide the fact that he’s the Blur, and that it’s safer for her not to know that he’s the Blur
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Never been a fan of the triangle for two.  Probably never will be.  But, anyway....I do love what Tom says here.  I do think there's a certain mindset that they can cut some corners here because people know how it ends up.  Its not a good way to tell a story.  This answer explains a whole lot about the way Tom played his scenes with Lois last year, and how he played scenes where her name came up. 

Sounds like he’s going to be torturing himself.
Again, another year of torture for Clark

Maybe its just me, but Tom sounds as sick of this as I am.  But, its hard to say.  Maybe he was smiling when he said it.

In the clip reel we just saw Clark is wearing a dark outfit with the Superman symbol on his chest. What’s that all about?
That is the symbol of the House of El. I’ve gotten away for many years with the blue t-shirt and the red jacket. Very easy wardrobe for me, very simple, straightforward, very comfortable. This new wardrobe, the leather jacket is a little warmer, you have to learn how to not step on your jacket when you’re in a fight sequence. You learn that pretty quick—it doesn’t take many times before you figure that out! Anyway, he’s trying to establish a call sign for himself. Even though Clark isn’t putting his own face out there it’s his way of taking accountability for what he’s doing.
 
Funny answer!  I can just imagine Tom tripping over that rather ostentatious coat..  I'm very much on the fence with this outfit, so I'm anxious to see it in action.


What was it like putting that costume on and having that S on your chest?
The thing is, it’s a show going into Season 9. We’ve covered a lot of ground. When we first started talking about [this season] my first thought was apprehension. At the beginning the show was ‘Before Superman,’ Clark Kent’s origins, and how he got to that point [of becoming Superman]. Now you can definitely see that it’s a new era for the show. People say, ‘Season 9? It’s been so long.’ It has, but at the same time every year is the only year, every year is a new show. Especially this year. We look at posters up in the office of Season 1, 2 and 3 and we were kids, literally. Looking back it’s like a whole other world. But that’s the way it’s always been on our show. And standing on set wearing a black shirt, with silver S, black leather coat, black jeans, black boots, and thinking about last year, it’s night and day

I like this answer.  Because I've always thought of this show as a journey, and I've always believed that it SHOULD evolve and change each season.  Its not change that has hurt this show nearly as much as stagnation.  Clark has always been on a journey, or so thats what I believed.  And on any journey, the scenery changes, the people around you change, the circumstances change.  After 9 seasons, Clark should've come a long way from where he started.  It just feels to me like that was the whole point of the show.  Not to stay where it was, and what it was, but to constantly evolve.

Now, has the way this show evolved always been a good thing?  No, not hardly.  But I think the show trying to reinvent itself every year should've always been the goal to some degree.

Comments

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gildinwen
Sep. 9th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
*sigh* I haven't gone over to The Site That Shall Not Be Named, but *what* exactly are they saying???
or do I not want to know?

I don't have much to say on the interview yet I'm still mulling over it myself, but WORD to your last paragraph. This show *is* a journey, and as such the characters evolve, and the scenery changes. The problem with a small segment of fandom, is they don't want to or don't care to understand or respect that. They want the characters to remain as they were in season 1 and so the cries of "lightswitch!" can be heard when the characters change into something their fans don't want them to be.
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
You don't want to know. It doesn't bear repeating. Its just the usual bullshit. If one wants to hate the show, then Hate the Show! Go for it! But this taking your hatred out on actors stuff is just so low class.

I think as well as some not seeming to want this show to evolve, there also seems to be the idea that all characters journies on this show are created equal. And they are not, and they shouldn't be. The only character that this can be argued for is Lex. And as we saw, his on-screen journey also came to an end.
carolandtom
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Great post! As usually, I agree with you on everything.

People are being nasty to Tom? Again? The haters will always hate, won't they?

I personally don't agree with everything Tom says, but I'm thankful he's given an interview and has allowed us to get a little glimpse on his feelings about the show. I hope he doesn't get discouraged by any negative reaction from those so-called "fans" that will always find him at fault, no matter what he does or says. I'd love to hear more from him!

jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are always the usual suspects. I'm not sure why them setting their fangs on Tom surprised me. Well, I guess it didn't. But I thought I'd say something about it.

I don't agree with everything Tom says. I think there's a certain amount of towing the company line going on. I think he's a professional, and will conduct himself as such. I think he's an actor, and probably views the show differently then I do. But I'd also love to hear more from him, as I find his intelligence, and the way he articulates himself very interesting.
goodvibe
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
So, I'm off work today - been feeling under the weather since last night, and I log on to THIS! Flu-shmu - psshft. We have ourselves a TW interview!

There was never a doubt in my mind as to what an intelligent, hard working man he was, but this interview, coming at the onset of a ::S9::, no less - and he's still so insightful in his views. How can you not love him?

As for the answers themselves, I'm definitely nodding along to your analysis.

//All this Jor-El bullshit. It seems Tom buys into this crap too. And I'm not a fan of it at all.//

::shakes head:: It's like, are we watching the same Jor-El here?

//Can we please, PLEASE, just let the bad guy be evil? Not finding himself.//

Beyond sick of the woobie syndrome. I'm falling back here on CB' own statements wrt the character though. And they seem to all paint Zod as being very unambiguous.

//Think he would ever have had this chance with AlMiles in charge? Yeah, me neither.//

No way in hell. And yeah, this makes me even happier about his producer credit, because it seems like it was a long time coming.

//"On set, in a very collaborative and positive way, there’s this sense of distance between Chloe and Clark"//

This is rather confusingly phrased for me, too. I think it's safe to say though that Chloe/Clark are going to have to obviously work to get back to a better place of understanding with each other. And that feels right to me, given the events of last season. I have no doubt they will come to such a place, but I'll be pleased if everything isn't automatically shoved under the rug.

I love his answer about Clark/Lois: //I said Clark doesn’t know he has feelings for her. If he does and people see it, that’s one thing, but he doesn’t know.’ … So last year Clark wasn’t necessarily aware of these feelings. There was something, there was a reason why he found himself next to Lois. And this year, that’s what’s beginning to change, he’s starting to realize he has feelings for her.//

It just goes to show what a thinking actor he is. Last season, it was obvious to many of us that Clark' feelings for Lois would creep up on him, on more than one occasion, but it was a slow, unconscious thing emanating in great part due to their close proximity to each other and new place in each others lives. That inherent ::awareness:: was not there though. And plus, this is a man who was still in love with Lana when she returned. That has to be taken in to context here - Clark' utter mess and confusion of a love life. Because that's exactly how it came across. And moreover, TW' comments about ::now:: playing finally Clark realizing his feelings for Lois - are very encouraging to me, given all the Clois spoilers we already have for this season. Because last season was very much Lois' perspective, so it's fitting that we actually ::see:: Clark' perspective too, as opposed to merely being told, "yeah, now they're in love." If Clois is "the" ship, and so near to the end, of course it is, then there definitely needs to be more show, than tell.
goodvibe
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Yet more from me---
//Maybe its just me, but Tom sounds as sick of this as I am. But, its hard to say.//

Not just you. I read it exactly the same way, because really, everytime the man is given a chance to play a scene where he's pro-active and happy and engaged - you can tell why he probably prefers that to the bouts of "it's-all-my-fault" instead.

//I'm very much on the fence with this outfit, so I'm anxious to see it in action.//

I think it looked fine in the trailers. But in the pic? Sadly, not so much. Clark looks amazing, but there's something very off about the outfit, the way it's coming off in the pic, anyways.

//I like this answer. Because I've always thought of this show as a journey, and I've always believed that it SHOULD evolve and change each season. Its not change that has hurt this show nearly as much as stagnation. Clark has always been on a journey, or so thats what I believed. And on any journey, the scenery changes, the people around you change, the circumstances change. After 9 seasons, Clark should've come a long way from where he started. It just feels to me like that was the whole point of the show. Not to stay where it was, and what it was, but to constantly evolve.

Now, has the way this show evolved always been a good thing? No, not hardly. But I think the show trying to reinvent itself every year should've always been the goal to some degree.//

I'm just nodding like a bobblehead here. And it's statemts like these that make me realize all over again that TW gets this. Gets the whole thing.

And now, I shall finally bow out before you kick me out, heh.
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Yet more from me---
I know, its so hard to believe we got ourselves a real, geninue Tom interview. This may have to hold us over for another 2 years, LOL

I don't really know how much influence Tom has on storyline. I suspect not as much as some people are giving him credit for....or blaming him for, depending. But I hope he's at least able to use what he's got to get a less depressed Clark at some point.

I think my biggest issue with the outfit is that it doesn't look like something Clark would ever wear. Not in a million years. Its going to be a hard sell for me to believe he just came up with this look out of thin air.

I do think TW gets this show quite well, warts and all. I think he understands why some of the dreck was necessary, to appeal to network execs and such. I think he gets the business side of it.

And I would never kick you out. :)

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jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
I think the part of the Jor-El character that no one associated with the show seems willing to speak about is how contradictory and nutty its been. They seem to speak about a Jor-El that should be, but not the one we've seen. Its very frustrating.

I am also fine with strain in the Chlark relationship. I think that was earned with the happenings of last year. What I object to is more contrived angst being piled on when its not necessary, and I object to a lack of a plan for how that relationship will evolve.

There were about 2 dozen more questions I would've loved asked, but I guess we shouldn't be greedy. But I still am, LOL

I'm hoping for more interviews as well. *fingers crossed*
la_belle_isa
Sep. 9th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Okay. I'm usually an overactive critic of everything, but Tom totally floored me with this interview. I'm still "Guh, anything you say Tom!" I lost my ability to think straight. I totally get your points, and I totally get his, and I'm totally in love with this interview! I think he plays the game to perfection. And I love his straightforward answers. I was one who was really unhappy when Tom re-signed for S9 but now that I know that Tim Roth was involved with the negociations, I can't help believing that there are big plans ahead for Tom! Mr. Roth wouldn't take the time to meet an actor on an obscure TV show if they didn't have plans for the future!
And as for those losers that shan't be named, they're saying in every post that they'll stop watching the show; I've read it countless times, well why don't they just DO IT? They've been told on and on and on that what they want won't happen.
But I'm still floating on cloud 9 right now...
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
LOL, I love that you had that reaction. I may be a picky critic, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a true toes-curling SQUEEEEE!!

One thing I believe comes across clearly with Tom is his intelligence, and how deliberate he seems in his actions. Meeting with Peter Roth makes me very hopeful that Tom made some moves to secure his future. And how can anyone begrudge him that? If you hate the show now, then just turn it off. Don't begrudge the people who want to keep it going, or still enjoy it. No one is being forced to continue watching. I don't understand this idea that its being out there in the universe is somehow an offense to anyone.
tariel22
Sep. 9th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
As usual, I love reading your thoughts, and am fascinated by your insights. Some people think I only want to heap blind praise on the show, and on Tom himself, but I hope you know that's not the case. I'm all for holding the show accountable for the ridiculousness to which we've been subjected, and if Tom ever does a single thing worthy of criticism, I'll be all over that, too. ;) Okay, yes, I do love the boy. Anyway, thanks so much for taking the time to share this with us!

The continued inability to seperate an actor or actress from the characters they play, or ones disappointment with the show, and show direction, is scary crazy.

SO. MUCH. WORD. And although I know these people are beyond pathetic, I still feel outraged on Tom's behalf over what they're spewing. If this is the kind of behavior he has witnessed, no wonder he keeps fandom at arm's length.

HeHeHe, my interpretation of this is that once negotiation time came around, Tom basically said that he was going to need to get paid for what he was already doing, which was helping the production go smoothly.

I think you're absolutely right, and it's about time! I hope Tom negotiated an unbelievable deal to continue in this role. Nothing will ever make up for the disrespect he's been shown over the years by AlMiles and Dawn Ostroff, IMO, but a sweet deal certainly can't hurt.

So, Peter Roth, WB Tv president, was in on these meetings? Hmmmm, now thats interesting.

I picked up on that immediately, too. I don't pretend to know anything about TV contracts, but I can't imagine there are that many other actors, and certainly no one else who is attached to a show on the CW, who would sit down to negotiate with him on the other side of the table.

All this Jor-El bullshit. It seems Tom buys into this crap too. And I'm not a fan of it at all.

I'm leery of this as well, big time. Jor-El has been all over the place on this show, but he's never done much of anything to make me think Clark should be going to him for guidance. I'll be watching closely to see how this plays out.

I think he lost faith in his own humanity, and how he was allowing it to influence his decisions. And I've always thought that made a lot of sense after last year, where he started off the season embracing a new direction, and going along pretty well, and then it was just one body blow after another, until the disasterous conclusion of the season.

Yes, exactly! This seems so clear to me, and yet so many people just don't get it! It's actually the one part of the finale that worked for me, the one thing that kept me from throwing my hands up in disgust, and gave me hope for S9. And it's also the reason I look forward to seeing some conflict between Clark and Chloe this season. I would be so disappointed if there weren't some fallout from what happened with Davis, especially wrt Chloe's choices in the matter.

Never been a fan of the triangle for two. Probably never will be.

Me neither. But like you, I love that Tom wants to show us Clark's POV, and let us see his feelings for Lois develop, and not come out of nowhere. Because it sure sounded like he was the only one who was concerned about that!

Because I've always thought of this show as a journey, and I've always believed that it SHOULD evolve and change each season. Its not change that has hurt this show nearly as much as stagnation.

Yes! And although I think the show has come late to this concept, I'm glad they're finally getting there. This whole thing of clinging to the past, whether it be the pre-Lois seasons, or the time when the focus of the show was on Clark and Lex, or just a time when the end game seemed a little less inevitable, is so close-minded, and limiting. I mean, I understand a show changing to the point where you don't like it anymore, but that's when you stop watching and move on, not dig your heels in and threaten to hold your breath until they change it back. *rolls eyes*

All in all, this interview has made me even more optimistic about S9, way more excited about the premiere, and even more madly in love with Tom. I just hope it's not the last one we ever see.
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Some people think I only want to heap blind praise on the show, and on Tom himself, but I hope you know that's not the case.

Hey, even if thats what you wanted to do, thats fine too. I know that isn't where you are coming from, but you should never have to apologize for being positive.

Honestly, it was Tom bashing that changed my feelings on a certain fandom in the past. But for me, actor bashing just sucks all around. Period.

I don't pretend to know anything about TV contracts, but I can't imagine there are that many other actors, and certainly no one else who is attached to a show on the CW, who would sit down to negotiate with him on the other side of the table.

And thats it, exactly. This isn't a common occurance.

This whole thing of clinging to the past, whether it be the pre-Lois seasons, or the time when the focus of the show was on Clark and Lex, or just a time when the end game seemed a little less inevitable, is so close-minded, and limiting. I mean, I understand a show changing to the point where you don't like it anymore, but that's when you stop watching and move on, not dig your heels in and threaten to hold your breath until they change it back. *rolls eyes*

So right on, it needs to be QFT!


jlvsclrk
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! And although I think the show has come late to this concept, I'm glad they're finally getting there. This whole thing of clinging to the past, whether it be the pre-Lois seasons, or the time when the focus of the show was on Clark and Lex, or just a time when the end game seemed a little less inevitable, is so close-minded, and limiting. I mean, I understand a show changing to the point where you don't like it anymore, but that's when you stop watching and move on, not dig your heels in and threaten to hold your breath until they change it back. *rolls eyes*

Absolutely! It's like a lot of great shows from the past - ER comes to mind. When what's his name (not George - the lead) left the show, I lost interest in most of what was happening and drifted away. The new characters they brought in were no doubt good and friends told me it was still a very entertaining show but I just wasn't it to it. But I can't begin to imagine being so ... whatever, that I made offensive posts about the new actors, or started questioning the motives of the old ones. That's just so alien to my POV.

Anyways - just wanted to chime in on this comment!
tariel22
Sep. 11th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
That's so funny that you mention ER, because that's my perfect example. When they killed off Anthony Edwards' Dr. Greene, and turned Noah Wyle's Dr. Carter into a drug addict, I walked away. I didn't hate the show for making Dr. Carter someone different that who I had hoped he would be, I didn't hang around to trash the show and delight in every imagined misstep by the actors or writers, and I didn't ridicule the people who still loved it. It was just a television show, and I found something else to do on Thursday nights at 10PM. And then I pretty much forgot the show even existed.

The obsession with hating the show, and the determination to harsh everyone else's squee, is what I find the most mind-boggling.
jlvsclrk
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited that Tom not only when to ComicCon but actually did some press while there. I've been kinda hoping we'd get an interview ever since.

And what a great interview it was! I have just about all the same reservations you do but overall, his comments renew my excitement for the season. I especially enjoyed what he said about where his head is at regarding Lois - it matches up with what I was seeing as a viewer and with what makes sense given his lingering obsession for Lana.

The only thing I could make out of his comment on Chloe was that he was trying to say that although the CHARACTERS are in conflict, the ACTORS are working together to explore the material and find a way to be true to the past relationship. Something like that.

FYI, I'm going to try to steer clear of Kryptonsite for a while since the attitude of the "Clark is always wrong" club gets on my nerves. So I'm counting on you to relay the last spoilery goodness!
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I was really shocked that not one interview had come out of Comic Con, because he was right freaking there! I didn't expect him to do the press junket, but I did expect something. I hope there is more to come.

I'd love to hear Tom's thoughts on the whole Lana arc. I mean, I know that he would try and justify all that, but I'd still love to hear what he has to say. He just has a way of articulating things that I really like and respect.

I understand what you're saying about K-Site.
tariel22
Sep. 11th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
The only thing I could make out of his comment on Chloe was that he was trying to say that although the CHARACTERS are in conflict, the ACTORS are working together to explore the material and find a way to be true to the past relationship. Something like that.

That's what I thought he was trying to express, too. Maybe to stave off any misconceptions about Chloe being pushed aside to make room for Lois, or AM being marginalized because ED is the leading lady now? I love the way he made a point to compliment Allison's acting talent, and to remind us of the close professional relationship they have developed over their years of working together. And I liked that he emphasized that the changes Clark and Chloe are going through represent character growth, and aren't necessarily a bad thing in the long run.
jeannev
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I also felt that Tom was talking about him and Allison personally. My interpretation was something along the lines of believing that him and Allison are trying to work out, and find a new level for their characters relationship. Of course, that makes me wonder if the writing is there for them, or if these 2 fine actors aren't trying to fill in the blanks.
tariel22
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Of course, that makes me wonder if the writing is there for them, or if these 2 fine actors aren't trying to fill in the blanks.

That's a good point. When he says, "even on set, scene by scene, we’re not sure what it is," does he mean they literally don't know, because the writers have no idea where they're going with these two, or is he talking about how we, the viewers, won't know right away because it's going to play out slowly over the course of the season? At first I thought he just meant the usual, that the actors are kept in the dark and have to make the best of the script in front of them, but now that he's a producer, presumably he's completely in the loop, and knows as much as anyone.

Which also makes me wonder, will he be complicit in their normal policy of non-disclosure, or will one of the ways in which he intends to bridge the gap between the production offices in L.A. and the set in Vancouver be to keep the actors informed about the plans for their characters?
canadabear
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I pretty much agree on this. I think the ambiguity on Chlark is because they still don't really know what's happening at the end of this season. Will there be S10? If so, will Allison be there? I think that makes a huge difference in how Chlark progress from where they are. If S9 is it, then I think we'll absolutely see them get back to BFF status sooner rather than later. If S10 is a go but without Allison, then I think they may leave them on good terms, but not necessarily as close as they were, hoping that AM will return for a S10 series finale to wrap things up completely. If S10 is a go and somehow Allison returns, I think we'll see the tension stretch out.

So, Peter Roth, WB Tv president, was in on these meetings?
I think this has more to do with the recent announcement that WB has basically taken over complete creative control of DC. Makes sense to me if they want to focus more on mass marketing and movies/television that WB would want to be 100% aware of what's going on with the guy playing Superman on Smallville.
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Good point about the Chlark stuff. I hadn't considered Allison's status playing into things.

This recent move by DC was not in effect when Tom was negotiating. Though its possible they were planning for it. Still, its not Roth thats all over DC. Its that other guy....argh, can't think of his name at the moment. Jeff-something-or-other.

Maybe it means nothing, but I sure hope it does :D
(Anonymous)
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
By Ms.Fox. Wow! I'm trying to figure out what the hell did Tom say in that interview to have anyone want to bash him. Now that just seems so random for me and it makes me angry.I'm starting to think Tom and his Character can't win with pretty much anyone.People talked about Tom not giving interviews and when he finally does he's getting insulted ?That's Complete Bullshit and Adore Tom with all my heart. That was a great interview even though it's not brand new it was right after Comic con.
jeannev
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to think Tom and his Character can't win with pretty much anyone.

Yeah, thats a conclusion I came to a while back.

I'm not really sure myself what Tom has done to deserve some of the uncalled for insinuations on his motives, and his character, and his professionalism. I guess he's just not saying what some people want him to say. So, thats a reason to bash him. I guess.

I don't know. I'm perfectly OK with criticism of actors, but I'm not sure why some need to make it so vitriolic, and so personal.
tasabian
Sep. 9th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear Tom got bashed for this interview. To me, he came across as polished & thoughtful. However, while I'm charmed by him, nothing in this interview got my hopes up too high for S9. I am hopeful that Tom will leverage all his behind the scenes experience into perhaps directing & starring in his own film some day.

jeannev
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
I loved reading the interview, but nothing about it changed the opinion I have of S9 based on the spoilers. I think Tom will do the best he can with the material he's got. But at the end of the day, he doesn't write the stuff. I think thats a fact a lot of people are going to forget.
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jeannev
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean, I don't think I've ever read an interview with any member of the SV cast and agreed with all of it. But a lot comes down to how they express their views, and if they seem to have a grasp of what actually occurs on the show (I'm not sure about some of them, LOL). Tom most totally does.

I did love the line about accoutability myself. Thats such a great way to express the sentiment. I've often said that Clark might go overboard with blaming himself for stuff, but he's one of the few characters on the show that does to take some responsibility. And I like that.
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